Re: [usa-tesla] New Agers
- Actually, i did. Early in high school, i decided that i would
systematically read all the world's scriptures and see what they had in
common, if anything. Started with the Bhagavad-Gita and the Tao Te Ching.
In college, did a minor in Religious Studies. This included courses in
African Religions, Buddhism, Chinese Philosophy, and a special project on
ancient European Paganism. The special project was of interest because at
that time (1972) there was almost no material available on that subject. I
ended up studying the exact same fragmentary source material that people
like Yvonne and Gavin Frost used in their first books on Witchcraft. I
managed to demonstrate how the migration of various linguistic and ethnic
groups contributed to the patchwork of largely unorganized religions that
Christianity replaced in Europe.
At one point during college, i also studied under Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
As you may have noticed, none of this amounted to anything. A persistent
drug addiction kept me on the sidelines of life, and all this study did not
make a dent in that. One of my biggest mistakes was assuming that i already
knew what was in the Bible, something i see a lot of people doing these
days. Just because it is in one's house doesn't mean that anyone knows what
it really says. We all have to work that out for ourselves.
My drug addiction only was cured by the collective prayers of a Mennonite
congregation in southern Colorado in 1981. It took a long time after that
before i could participate fully in life. After that, i strayed again into
a New Age group which eventually led back to Paganism. It took more
heartache and years to study hard, find out where i had gone wrong, and get
straight. But yes, i have studied all those different ways that people have
searched for God. One thing that stands out -- many groups, even within
recognized, organized religions, gave up on finding God. Instead, they
either focus on various intermediaries such as praying to various minor gods
and saints, or they focus on disciplined self-improvement as Muslims,
Tibetan Buddhists and some modern groups do.
My own experience is that of a hard-won relationship with the only Savior
this world has ever seen. All along, somewhere in the background, that
Savior was present, just waiting for my asking. That's really the whole
thing. If anyone wants more details, there is a long essay under the
Biography section of my web site. I pray that this helps.
At 11:12 AM 3/1/02 -0800, you wrote:
>Steve,-- Michael Riversong **
> Indeed. The great quandary. "Mankind's Search For God".
> Even for self-professed atheists, who should still be
> interested in human history, it would be a truly
> fascinating topic which would take a while to pursue
> thoroughly on their own. Anyone done that?
> .. Fred Bach music@... Opinions are only mine.
>Steve Wingate wrote:
>> This assumes 'God' is who he says he is, and not an alien trying to
>> manipulate humans. But I guess that opinion makes me a 'New Ager'.
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> > That was deuterated acetone [hydrogen (H1) atoms replaced with
> > deuterium (H2) atoms]. From a preview of an article in Science I get
> > the impression that they excited the fluid simultaneously with acoustic
> > signals and neutrons, but can't tell for sure. Apparently the net
> > product was some tritium. They calculate (others seem to disagree) that
> > the shock waves in the fluid create a temperature in the tiny bubble
> > exceeds 10 million degrees C.
> > Ed
> Hmmm.... interesting indeed. Didn't know about the acetone... ouch that's
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